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ArcaBoard Really Hovers for $20K and Lots of Recharging

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(Arca Space Corporation via YouTube)

By    |   Monday, 28 Dec 2015 09:37 AM

The ArcaBoard, the newest thing in hover boards, really floats inches off the ground, but costs $19,900 and takes hours to recharge after a few minutes of fun.

The device generates 430 pounds of thrust from 36 electric fans and uses self-balancing technology to help riders glide along with as few hiccups as possible, said The Verge.

A video for the ArcaBoard created by Arca Space Corp. has been viewed more than 121,000 times since it was posted on YouTube last week.



"At a very base level, what ArcaSpace has done here is cool," said Sean O'Kane of The Verge. "The company found a way to make something you can call a hover board with a level of legitimacy, and unlike Lexus or Arx Pax, it doesn't require a track or special surface." 

"The technological challenge of getting 36 fans to work in tandem without something going completely haywire is admirable, too. But while this is the third working version we've seen this year, it looks like the immediate future of the hoverboard is still grounded." 

Andrew Liszewski of Gizmodo.com said one of biggest challenges for the ArcaBoard is its short "hovering" life before its batteries need recharging.

"That's why the ride time is currently an abysmal six minutes," said Liszewski. "The 272 horsepower generated by those 36 fans chews through a lot of power, and you can only pack so many batteries inside the ArcaBoard before the platform gets too heavy to lift itself, never mind a passenger."

Liszewski said the ArcaBoard's batteries can take up to six hours to recharge between flights and the company's $4,500 dock accessory only reduces that time by about 35 minutes.

"The ArcaBoard … is most likely the worst kind of attention-grabbing PR stunt," warned Jamie Rigg, of Engadget.com. "The concept itself is pretty simple, of course: Enough upthrust plus many individual fans for stability equals hoverboard. Aside from the fact you'd be silly to spend almost 20 grand on a slab that can float for three to six minutes; the product and company are one enormous red flag."


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